Alrighty, it’s shameless promotion time. (And, let me tell you, I’m feeling pretty darn shameless right now.) I’m happy to announce that my 18th century Irish historical novella is available for your reading pleasure here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GNS4IDS/
Please form an orderly queue, ladies and gentlemen, cash in hand. No need to shove.
Coming in at about 10K-words, it’s more of a novelette than a novella, really, but it hits above its weight, and doubt you’ll be disappointed. [Insert predictable joke about it not being the word-count that matters here.] But don’t take my word for it. Among the glowing pre-release praise for this story, I’ve been fortunate enough to receive very generous endorsements from several amazing writers:
“A compelling, well-crafted story of love, loss, and redemption. This is a novella to savor.” —Susan Spann, author of Claws of the Cat, a Shinobi Mystery
“Writer Scott Zachary has created a contemplative look at a dark period of Irish history that we don’t often see. Gone are the trappings of nationalism and ego and instead we have a contemporary story of people, of culture, and the struggles to live together. That Zachary has set this tale in the Ireland of several centuries ago is testament that these issues are not confined to the modern world.” —Ken Mooney, writer of Godhead
“Zachary vividly brings post-Cromwell Ireland to life, showing us both the human cost of hatred and the human capacity to love long after we have closed ourselves off from the world.” —Moira Katson, author of The Light & Shadow Trilogy
“I’m usually the kind of guy who reads books with explosions and gun fights, but Scott has given me a reason to care about a little group of Irish travelers. Scott tells his story with crisp prose that isn’t overly wordy. He gets in, tells his story, and doesn’t drabble on with irrelevant details. This is a solid little story that I would happily recommend to any of my friends or family, even if historical fiction isn’t usually their thing.” —Alexander Nader, author of the Beasts of Burdin series
And if that doesn’t sell you on it, my wife says, “It’s a Very Nice story, sweetheart.” So there’s that.
I also have a little blog tour planned, and I’ll announce the various interviews and reviews that will be popping up over the Interwebs in the next couple of days.
The Least of These is a KDP Select title, so you have to buy it through Amazon, but you can read it on the Kindle reader for your OS. Because the file is DRM-free, you can also download it and covert it to a different format with Calibre. Additionally, there will be a gorgeous print edition available in a couple of days—I had hoped it would be ready alongside the eBook, but there was a snag or two, so you’ll just have to wait a few more sleeps.
From the back cover copy:
Molly Gregor was not a temperate woman.
Rash, proud, and headstrong, she has carved her way through life in turbulent seventeenth-century Ireland with a bold determination that often places her at odds with those around her. Orphaned when her parents were murdered by English soldiers, and ostracized for marrying a foreign Protestant landlord, Molly feels as if she is a stranger in her own land.
When a band of Irish Travellers come to her small town, Molly finds herself trapped between her desire to help the wayfaring strangers, and the cruel prejudices of her neighbors. Will she find the courage to defend these, the least of all people?